OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Rule of law
OSCE participating States continue to require assistance in developing justice systems that guarantee the respect for everyone’s fundamental rights and freedoms in a fair and independent manner. ODIHR supports judicial and legislative reforms to ensure that judiciaries operate free from undue influence. The Office also assists criminal justice reform compliant with human rights standards to bolster the development of robust legal professions. To strengthen fair trial guarantees, ODIHR uses trial monitoring as an assessment tool to promote reforms based on rule of law principles in the area of criminal, civil and administrative justice.